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Queens College Nucleus, V9, N1, 1971



Queens College Nucleus, V9, N1, 1971


The journal of undergraduate scientific research at Queens College


College student newspapers and periodicals
Queens College (New York, NY.)


Queens College (New York, NY.)




Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)




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Queens College (New York, NY.)



Fred S. Maron- Editor-in-Chief
Carl Mr. Kirsch- Literary Editor
Bernard J. Nash- Associate Editor
Daniel Glitzer- Art Director
Royce S. Fishman- Photography Editor
Frank Young- Undergraduate Resource Editor
Isaac Palmer- Business Manager

Literary- Barry Belgorod, Gary S. Berkowitz, Alice Bernstein, Kenneth Blatt, Leslie D. Brandeis, Bonnie Cohn, Brian Duchan, Shelly R. Goodman, Russell Katz, Gene Nathan, Sue Richman, Allan Rosenthal, Joe Schulman, Bob Schwager, Steve Metana, Steven. S. Turner, Peter Zucker

Art-Susan Jessica Boiko, Steve Fischkoff, Linda, M. Haase, Claude Smith, Fran Weinstein

Copy- Francis forman, Ruby Kestenbaum, Marcia Kimmel, maureen Menowitz, Adrienne Oxman, Carol Pickholz, Meryl Weinstein

This issue of Nucleus reflects the awakening of the campus to our environment. In past years, Queens College undergraduate research has been confined to basic research which, as the name implies, has little or no practical value. The articles in this magazine reflect the increasing concern undergraduate researchers are feeling for the immediate problems that face us.

One paper describes a technique for measuring chloride ions in rainwater. Further work in this area may help to pinpoint the amount of deleterious hydrochloric acid found in our atmosphere, and eventually in our lungs.

Two articles describe the habits of the Eastern Box Turtle, a type of turtle that will eventually become extinct if man continues to destroy its habitat with construction projects, pesticides and other tamperings. Readers should not dissociate man's fate from the turtle's. Considering man's great talent for destroying the environment, the reader should understand that man is capable of, and seemingly intent upon, making this planet uninhabitable for himself. The impending fate of the turtles should serve as a warning.

The earth's resources are in a constant state of recycling, but are not inexhaustible as was formerly believed. Present demands upon the resources exceed the rate of recycling. For this reason, the photovoltaic cell, which is the subject of one paper, may have the most far-reaching effect upon our society.

The photovoltaic cell is a source of power that uses the energy of the sun, which is an ever-lasting power source as compared to our present earth fuels. The cell described in this magazine is activated upon exposure to light. Another cell, being developed at Queens, has a completely reversible reaction; this means little or no waste of reactants, as there is in a flashlight battery. These cells won't solve the world's power problem today. However, this cell and similar research ventures hold the key to our future existence.

While basic theoretical research is important in any science, the search for a solution to an immediate problem that may cause man's extinction cannot be too zealous. It is heartening to see that Queens College students capable of creative, meaningful research are beginning to attempt to solve the problem of pollution. It is possible that one or many of the researchers who wrote articles in this magazine may one day solve one aspect of this immense problem. Nucleus is proud to publish their papers.

Nucleus thanks Mr. Mayer and Mrs. Bloom for their help in obtaining office space and the Student Association Financial Board for the financial assistance. We are also indebted to Mr. Hauser, Mr. Fall and Mrs. Hendricks for all of their assistance. We appreciate the support of Dr. Hecht and Dr. Hogg, and the time contributed by Dr. Coch. Lastly, we are grateful for the advice provided by our advisor Dean Kaplan.

Fred S. Marion



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